Higher-order structure in speech variability: phonetic/phonological covariation and talker adaptation

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Higher-order structure in speech variability: phonetic/phonological covariation and talker adaptation
Event date: Sunday, July 17; Baker 135
Event length: 9am - 12pm
Organizers:
Meghan Clayards, McGill University meghan.clayards@mcgill.ca
Colin Wilson, Johns Hopkins University
Description:
A fundamental challenge for the theory of speech perception is to explain how listeners successfully map signals that vary extensively across talkers to a common set of sounds and words (e.g., Perkell & Klatt, 1986). Discovery of higher-order structure in phonetic and phonological variation—patterns of variation that transcend individual phonetic/phonological units and that can be expressed with a small number of talker-specific parameters—could provide the key for understanding much of the robustness of speech perception and patterns of generalization observed in talker adaptation. This workshop will feature laboratory, corpus, and computational approaches to higher-order structure in talker variability.